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Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being

Named for an ISQOLS leader and pioneer in the advancement of the theme of community development and community well-being, contributions made to the “Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track” will permanently endow a track on “Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being” to be held as part of each ISQOLS international conference program. This track will include as least two sessions consisting of three or more participants whose research activities overlap with the purpose of this endowment.

Sessions organized by each Conference Program Committee will represent topical areas of the theme “Community Development and Community Well-being.” These topical areas could be, but are not limited to, any of the following: community planning and development, city and regional planning, community well-being, happiness in communities, collective quality-of-life dimensions, and the interface between development and well-being.

Only the income earned from this Fund will be used to support the endowed track.

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Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP – Bio

Rhonda’s research and outreach efforts focus on quality of life and well-being in community and economic development. A specialist in community development and planning, her career achievements were recognized with induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).

At Purdue University, she serves as the inaugural Dean of the Honors College, and a Professor in the Agricultural Economics Department. Honors include serving three times as a Fulbright Scholar - as the 2006 UK Ulster Policy Fellow Fulbright Scholar in Northern Ireland, a 2012 Fulbright Senior Specialist to Panama, and most recently a 2015-2016 specialist again to Panama – all three times working closely with local and communities on development projects.

Rhonda is author or editor of 24 books, including The Handbook of Community Well-Being (2017, Springer); The Handbook of Community Development, Perspectives from Across the Globe (2018, Routledge); Sustainable Communities, Creating a Durable Local Economy; Community Development Indicators Measuring Systems; and the text, Introduction to Community Development. She is editor of the series Community Quality of Life and Well-Being published by Springer in partnership with the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, http://www.springer.com/series/13761, and editor of Community Development Research and Practice, a book series by the Community Development Society and Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Community-Development-Research-and-Practice-Series/book-series/CDRP. Her work in community indicators and well-being has spanned several decades, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Indicator Consortium, and as a researcher with the Community Well-Being Institute, housed in South Korea, http://www.communitywellbeing.org/the-team/.

Working with indigenous and underrepresented communities has been a passion throughout her career; she formerly served as Senior Sustainability Scientist with Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, as well as director and professor in the School of Community Resources and Development; and founding Director of the University of Florida’s Center for Building Better Communities. Her involvement with community-based and locally-focused development has resulted in appointment as a founding board of directors member of the Center for Local Economic Advancement and Research (CLEAR), and an invitation to establish a new journal in this area.

She holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (city and regional planning and economics) and the University of Southern Mississippi (geography and economic development).

Activities with ISQOLS:

  • President, beginning 2013 through December 31, 2016
  • Vice President, Programs, 2010-2012
  • Service on editorial boards for the journals SIR, Applied Research in Quality-of-Life Studies, and the book series, Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases series (now Community Quality-of-Life and Well-Being), and International Handbooks of Quality of Life
  • Transitioned ISQOLS operations to professional staff for nonprofit management, for stabilizing processes.
    • Helped secure the first online registration system for ISQOLS
    • Helped secure the first online abstract submission system
  • Implemented processes for conference hosting proposals and have helped transition to annual conferences, with dates confirmed multiple years in advance
  • Created and appointed positions for Development (fundraising)
  • Renewed board and transitioned inactive members; helped establish board emeritus category as recognition